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Master of Science in Pathologists' Assistant

Pathologists' assistants play a key role in making diagnoses. In both the surgical and forensic realm, responsibilities can include examination and dissection of anatomic pathology specimens, postmortem examinations, laboratory management and instruction. In the U.S., the average annual base salary for pathologists' assistants was more than $83,000 in 2018.

Because Wayne State is one of just 15 accredited programs in North America that trains students in this highly specialized field, there is a highly competitive admissions process to fill 12-14 spots each year. Those who are selected prepare for their career through comprehensive experiential learning. After rotating through a broad spectrum of clinical environments, 100% of students are employed within six months of graduation.

Our mission is to educate highly qualified professional pathologists' assistants who are highly competent and exceed standards of practice in surgical and autopsy pathology as required in hospital and medicolegal facilities.

A bachelor's degree is required. The program begins spring semester, which starts in May. The application deadline is January 15, and all prerequisite coursework must be complete by December 30.

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The Pathologists' Assistant program is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), located at 5600 N. River Road, Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119. The phone number is 847-939-3597 or 773-714-8880, and the fax number is 773-714-8886.

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